[PLUG] Open source phone goes mass-market

Nishit Dave stargazer.dave at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 17:46:02 IST 2008

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 5:32 PM, Chetan Kumar <chetanku at gmail.com> wrote:

> Things are diffcult to judge on 3G, with Govt policy flip-flops
> heppening so often. I heard about a provider "ready" (after
> field-tests in Balgalore) for 3G services in May 2004 !!!! Similar
> stories came each year from almost all providers.
> Additonal scenarios:
> a. General Elections are due and decisions may (not?) get put-off,
> b. the providers may decide to enter in court-battles (the past
> flip-flops have been due to the contentious nature of the 3G spectrum
> allocation),
> c. the providers may not be able to provide painless service at the start
> These make me personally delay putting money into any 3G technology
> for the moment.
> However, it seems 2 years before it will be good enough for 3G in my
> hands. (My guess. Don't ask me to validate this. I refuse to do that
> !!!)
> The large market size may have some catalytic effect and may hasten the
> process.
> However, as I said before, it is difficult to guess how it will go.

Given the way mobile service providers have been fleecing users for data
access, 3G might not be that popular even if launched.

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